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Jeon Ju

sku Aug 16, 2012 01:44 PM

Headed to Jeon Ju for some bibimbap for lunch today and it was gone. The space was totally gutted. Does anyone know the story? Did they move? Is it a giant remodel? I'm hoping it's not gone for good.

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    Clyde Aug 16, 2012 02:39 PM

    Couldn't be gone. I was just there 2 weeks ago!!! Maybe less than 2 weeks.

    OK, I'm trying to call but it's just ringing and ringing.

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    1. re: Clyde
      Adamlick Aug 17, 2012 12:35 PM

      I was there last week

    2. sku Aug 20, 2012 09:13 AM

      According to the LA Weekly, it's an extensive rennovation and they intend to reopen.


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      1. re: sku
        TonyC Aug 20, 2012 10:11 AM

        Aren't there bibimbaps EVERYWHERE in Ktown, even at supermarket/Ktown Galleria foodcourts? The $6 "normal' bibimbap special will probably disappear after this costly remodeling.

        1. re: TonyC
          Mr Taster Aug 20, 2012 10:18 AM

          Jeon Ju is known for having among the best dolsot bibimbap, at least if you follow what Jonathan Gold says. I really like the one at Beverly Soontofu, which is a relatively new addition to the menu. They've never failed to deliver on the nice crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the stone bowl, which is the cardinal sin of dolsot bibimbap and an all-too-common occurrence.

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster
            sku Aug 20, 2012 10:26 AM

            Thanks for the tip Mr. Taster, I'll try Beverly Soontofu's version while I'm waiting for Jeon Ju.

            1. re: Mr Taster
              ilysla Aug 20, 2012 08:47 PM

              Silly, but genuine, question. Doesn't one *always* get crunchy bits of rice when you let the rice sit long enough in the stone bowl?

              1. re: ilysla
                Ciao Bob Aug 21, 2012 08:46 AM

                Unfortunately, in my experience, the answer to that is no. Well maybe a "bit" or two are there, but not a "bark" of crusted rice. That's what I like to see - and bite.

                1. re: Ciao Bob
                  Mr Taster Aug 21, 2012 09:36 AM

                  Exactly. I'm not sure of the chemistry as to why some are significantly crispier than others. That's one of the bars by which I measure the skill of the restaurant cooks. To be fair, Beverly is not the "barkiest" but it is there, and it is good.

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster
                    ilysla Aug 21, 2012 08:35 PM

                    Hmmm.... Will see if I can make it to Beverly Soontofu one of these days. I tried Jeon Ju once. I recall enjoying the dolsot bibimbap there, but I also remember thinking that I didn't understand the fuss. Maybe I've just gotten lucky the few times I've ordered bibimbap (from other places)?

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